Give the Gift of Music! St. Vincent de Paul’s Family Success Center exists to strengthen, empower, and equip families and children to reach their highest level of success and independence and to attain immediate and lasting changes in their lives. This mission is accomplished through coordinated life-enriching out-of-school time programs for children and youth, parent/guardian engagement, and other supportive services. The current curriculum is designed to provide children with access to information and new experiences to build creative thinking, curiosity, and self-esteem. Programs include tutoring, athletic programs, and enrichment workshops such as art classes, interpersonal communication, robotics, and cooking classes. The Family Success Center offers programming during spring break and the summer vacation period as well. The center serves children who are homeless, formerly homeless, and come from the most challenging backgrounds. We know that by wrapping these children and their families with support outside the classroom, they will be able to achieve greater success in the classroom and in life. This year, our dream is to develop an ongoing music component to our after-school programming that will provide students and their families with opportunities to access the arts through music. Many of these needs are one-time costs that will allow for a long future of music programs for the Family Success Center. We will promote academic, social, and emotional success by giving children the opportunity to learn a musical instrument: 1. Children will receive 1 hour of instruction per week for 8 weeks on the Baroque Recorder. Students that take an interest in developing their skills as musicians will continue to have small group lessons and ensemble rehearsal once a week during the academic year. 2. Children will continue to use music as a tool to enhance academic achievement, develop social and emotional maturity, foster teamwork, and empower students with a feeling of accomplishment. 3. The Family Success Center will continue to use the arts as a way to engage parents and the larger community through regular recitals and performances.